Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, what was Gandhi's "great secret"?

2. How does Dr. Poole convince the gravediggers to spare him from being buried alive?

3. Why was New Zealand spared from the destruction that ravaged the rest of the planet?

4. The lobby of the Cocktail Bar is filled with which group of people?

5. How does the narrator characterize the scientists from New Zealand?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the circumstances during which Dr. Poole is kidnapped.

2. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

3. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

4. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

5. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

6. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

7. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

8. Set the scene for the opening of the novel. What is happening? When?

9. What point does the script narrator make about baboons and knowledge?

10. What is the narrator's point about love and fear when describing the crew of the Canterbury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the back story and plot points of the script "Ape and Essence" reveal the author's own fears about the threat of nuclear war and annihilation.

Essay Topic 3

Ape and Essence presents a dystopic view of the future. What is a dystopia? What are the features of such a place? What specific aspects of Ape and Essence are dystopic? Why might an author depict such a dystopia?

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